God He Reigns
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Sep
- Let Creation Sing
- Salvation Is Here
- His Love
- Wonderful God
- God He Reigns/All I Need Is You
- Yours Is the Kingdom
- Welcome in This Place
- Let Us Adore
- All for Love
- Know You More
- There Is Nothing Like
For those whose hearts are readily drawn closer to God through the worship music of Hillsong Australia, go forth and enjoy this, another live recording in step with their most recent efforts. If nothing else, Darlene Zschech, Marty Sampson, and the other leaders prove again that they know how to stir praise among fellow worshippers at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
But those looking for substance—artful worship songs praising the author of art—may want to pass on this.
Nine of this disc's 13 tracks are the usual ballads, interchangeable with other recent compositions from Hillsong. Many, like "Saviour" and "Wonderful God," segue into each other to create epics that just aren't as compelling as they could be, and an R&B flavored version of "All for Love" is especially tedious. The few upbeat tracks ("Yours Is the Kingdom," "His Love") are typical of Sampson, Delirious, and Sonicflood—enjoyably energetic, but oh-so-similar to better songs done before.
This disc does have its moments, such as the title track, an impressive hymn ranking with Hillsong's best. But for the most part, they seem to be recreating the same songs over and over again. This isn't a criticism of Hillsong's worship experience, and with nearly 5 million albums sold in the U.S. alone, many will undoubtedly buy this and enjoy it as more of the same. But it's a pity that this once pioneering worship team has grown so stale over time. Considering that there are superior worship albums available, including Hillsong's United and London spin-offs, there's simply little reason to recommend God He Reigns to anyone who isn't already planning to pick it up.